Originally Posted by Darkfalz
Liquid CPU Cooling System w/ 120mm Radiator [AMD]) Thats all i know about what i got in there. I was thinking more of tweaking the shaders but regardless I really dont know what all these things mean. Some have told me to go to bios to set clock speeds and I also notice i have ati overdrive.
Setting clocks in the BIOS will make it run at those speeds from when you turn it on.
generally, it's better to set clocks in BIOS. AMD overdrive is just more convenient, because you don't have to reboot.
So if i could get a explanation of what shader clock, cpu clock, gpu clock, memory clock and all the other clocks do?
Only Nvidia cards have a separate GPU clock and shader clock. ATI cards clock the shaders at the same speed as the GPU (the shaders are inside the GPU; they're the logic circuits that actually process the data)
Increasign GPU clocks generally increases game performacne (GPU's are made to process graphics. Faster GPU = faster graphics processing)
Increasing CPU clock speeds generally increases the speed of general calculations (which is what the CPU does)
In the case of the Phenom II The CPU core speed is a combination of the HTT speed and core multiplier.
By default, the HTT speed is 200MHz, and CPU multiplier depends on the CPU model you have. On Black Edition chips, you can change the CPU multiplier.
If it has a multiplier of 15, it runs at 200 x 15 = 3000MHz
If you increase the HTT speed by 10MHz, the CPU will run at 210 x 15 = 3150MHz
Or if you increase the multiplier to 19X, it will run at 200 x 19 = 3800MHz.
RAM is where anything goes when it's opened.
A lot of the time, when you open something, it just sits in RAM unless you're actually changing things, so increasing RAM speeds usually doesn't improve performance much generally. Although it can if you're using a program that needs to read/write a lot of data to RAM constantly.
however, if you change the HTT speed, you also change the RAM speed. RAM also runs at a multiple of the HTT speed.
DDR3-1600 memory runs at 800MHz by default (HTT speed x 4)
So if you increase the HTT speed by 10MHz, it increases the CPU speed, but it also increases the RAM speed. DDR3-1600 would run at 210 x 4 = 840MHz (which is a speed of DDR3-1680)
a lot of RAM won't handle much higher frequencies, so you can either use a lower RAM multiplier, or you can just use the CPu multiplier to increase core speed.
Also for the individual parts, if i could get a +/- of what temps that are recommended for idle/game temps would also be greatly appreciated.
It depends on how well your cooling system works, and on the particular hardware you have.
a 5870 graphics card can run up to about 80ºC normally.
A Phenom II CPU shouldn't really be running much above 60ºC at most.
Mind you, Phenom II CPU's tend to overclock better the colder they get.